The Work of Reclaiming the Lost Sheep...
"Our missionaries are examples of giving by their genuine concern and untiring love for the people here in Mexico by using kindness, patience, long suffering, love, faith and diligence."
It was another great week in the Lords Vineyard. The
results are few at the moment but we are giving it our all for the Lord and I
will continue to do so!
Friday night we got home at 9:00 and planned. We were
done at 9:30. We were super exhausted and were just ready to crash. But before
I did, the prompting came to me, "Call your Elders!" (Call some
companionships in the zone to see how they were doing.) I tried to justify not
doing it, being super exhuasted. Then the Spirit reminded me of a scripture,
"Wherefore, let every man learn his duty, and act in the office which he
is appointed, in all dilligence. He that is slothful shall not be counted
worthy to stand, and he that learns not his duty and shows himself not approved
shall not be counted worthy to stand. Even so. Amen." I meditated on the
Savior and the lesson that he taught us with what he did three days before his
ressurection. He did not rest. He continued to work! I was not even close to
being as exhuasted as the Savior, I could make some phone calls. I did and was
able to help a few companionships in the zone. This may seem like something
innocent but it was a great lesson that I learned this week. The Spirit
confirmed to me that what I did was right after I made the phone calls.
Saturday we were a little depressed because we did not
have any investigators to go to church. We had a week before put an appointment
with a less-active to go visit him. We wanted to really focus on investigators
but came through with the appointment we had put. When we got there, his mother
answered and told us that he was not there. We asked the non-member mother if
we could share a fifteen minute message with her. She was busy but the Spirit
touched her heart and she let us in. She informed us that she was a Christian
woman and pulled out her Bible as to want to contend. We taught the restoration
in about twelve minutes. The Spirit was there very, very strongly and we know
that they felt it. They agreed to pray to know and to go to church with us the
next day. It was an answer to our prayers. It was great!
Sunday, recieving reports, we realized the zone needed a
whole lot more help than I thought it really did. After the reports, by the
invitation of Elder Loza, we knelt in prayer and asked the Lord for inspiration
to help us know what we needed to do to help our sheep. It was so amazing as
ideas just flowed to mind. We are super excited for the mini-zone training on
I love the mission! It has been the best two years of my
life, without a doubt! It is such a blessing to be able to share what I know
with my brothers and sisters and at the same time have the Holy Ghost teach me
and testify of the truthfullness of my words!
Thanks for all of the love and support President.
Continued Success - Onward and Upward Elder A
Elder Ramos looking fancy in his "Mexican Sombrero"
As was fast Sunday yesterday, my companion and I fasted
for our area and to be able to find new people to teach. Also a number of
people that we would put as a goal for baptisms for November At the end of our
fast my companion and I came together with a number that we feel we should put,
we both came up with 4 people that will be ready to be baptized in November We
thought that if we both thought that 4 baptisms in November than it must be
Later that night we received a message from a member saying
that he was talking to his friend and she would like to hear us. We were like
ok we don't have any set plans for this hour so why not. We ended up going to
the house with him and not only is she there but her mom, her brother, and her
sister, so 4 in total. We go on getting to know them and start the lesson. We
start with how the gospel will help them with their family and how god wants
them to be happy. The mom started to show more interest in what we were saying.
We talked about prophets and the sister of carina, the reference, went off about prophets and what they are. My companion and I were shocked. We go on to finish
the lesson and invite them to read the Book of Mormon. All accepted. Then we
invited them to be baptized. One by one they all accept. The mom goes on to
tell us about she wants to do whats best for her family and is willing to do
whatever. And how she has seen us missionaries walking around all the time and
how she respects our work. There baptismal date is the 19 of November.
After the lesson I knew that this is the family that the
lord told us was prepared to accept the gospel. That we fasted for these people
and to be able to find them. After this experience my testimony of fasting has
grown! I know that if we fast and are willing to sacrifice food for spiritual
growth personally and for others that the lord will prepare the way.
Something that I learned from conference is that we don't
get a testimony from the gospel unless we live it. We wont get a testimony of
tithing unless we pay it, we wont get a testimony of fasting unless we fast,
and we wont get a testimony of the Book of Mormon unless we read it. Having
faith is good, but without works, or acting, our faith is dead (James 2). My
testimony of fasting just grew a whole lot from this experience. And that the
law of the fast is true.
As was fast Sunday yesterday, my companion and I fasted for our area and to be able to find new people to teach. Also a number of people that we would put as a goal for baptisms for November At the end of our fast my companion and I came together with a number that we feel we should put, we both came up with 4 people that will be ready to be baptized in November We thought that if we both thought that 4 baptisms in November than it must be inspired.
Tuesday- Quarterly Interviews- Tecamac I Zone
"Boys to Men"
Sister Egberts oven "died" Monday night when trying to make sugar cookies so poor Tecamac I had to have substitute treats...
"District Meeting in Mezquital"
"What's for Dinner?"
Elder Dove and Elder Loza with the famous Shrimp Taco's made from this amazing convert of Elder Dove's. No wonder they like to check on those missionaries in Mezquital!
Wednesday- Quarterly Interviews Pachuca Sur Zone
"A great day of interviews- President really enjoyed this round of interviews in each zone"
Our cute sisters have so much personality. They fixed breakfast for the Bishops family (upper right) and welcomed our two newest sisters to the mission(bottom left).
"Sisters are Soul Mates"___________________________________
Mexico Pachuca Home Show/Tour continues....
Home # 1 - Tecamac I- Zone Leaders
This apartment is inviting because of the little garden located outside their front door. I assume the neighbor lady is a "green thumb"... These two amazing Elders are almost OCD. Not a thing out of place and everything spic and span. I love their Tupperware collection that belongs to several of the sisters in their ward. See for yourself... no concerns here! President sure appreciates the examples our leaders are to those in their care. Great job Elders!
Home # 2 - "Tecamac I- Jardines De Morelos"
This cute little home is situated in an orange colored complex located directly across the street from a corner pharmacy. They live on 1/2 of the second level. This little place has one of the best bathrooms I have seen. We dropped off a book shelf on Thursday so they can take one table and use it in the kitchen. When asked what they needed they only mentioned that a curtain for the window and a couple of sticky hooks to hang clothes on while in the shower would be helpful. Elder Santos is training Elder Clark and so they spend A LOT of time studying at their tables... they apologized for the messy look and confirmed to having it already arranged nicely on a recent phone call. I love these Elders who take personal interest in their homes and always leave it better than they found it. Parents at home can be proud.. they even had one light bulb burned out and when I returned two days later had it replaced. Talk about efficient!
Home # 3- "Tecamac I- Bosques 2"
This little apartment sits nestled down a gated block. Elder Mora and Elder Katich had just rearranged their study area which looked comfy- almost too comfy! They are troopers as they work around the homeowners "extra" stuff shoved in every corner and closet. They are working with her to remove or store some of it so they have more room to live in. I loved the organized area in the kitchen and met one of their great neighbors who is investigating the church. They have a "leaky" sink that went on my "Get'R fixed" list and a door latch that won't latch. Other than that they are quiet content here.
Home # 4 - "Tecamac I - Heroes"
This cute little "condo" is snuggled in a neighborhood where I was constantly feeling watched walking down the street. Elder Gil and Elder Lainhart feel safe locked inside the gate to their home and members live right next door which makes me feel better. I was proud of their efforts in cleaning their home and loved the creativity of their "desk organizers." They needed a few things for their place which we dropped off on Thursday; including a burner to cook on that doesn't spark and shoot flames! They also have made an effort to "spring clean" and remove junk that has collected from past companionship's. On Monday they promised to work on the bathroom...Thanks so much!
Home # 5 - "Tecamac I- Pradera"
So this cute little "casa" has a lot of character. It sits locked inside the white gates pictured above. Elder Camacho and Elder Iverson keep things in tip-top shape. The home is accented in "blue" which is perfect for "boys" and they have personalized it with pictures taped to the wall. I did notice transportation coming down the street outside though I think they walk most of the time and take taxi's. These two Elders are a dynamic duo together and have fun stories to share with us often. So proud of their humble spirits.
Home # 6- Pachuca Mx- Palmar"
This unique little home is located near a corner bakery. Elder Smart and Elder Chavez have made huge progress in whipping this place into shape. The stove is "White"- but, one wouldn't have known that before. And look they defrosted their fridge/freezer just as asked at the first of each month... Their closet is so neatly organized and bathrooms look a lot better. What I wanted to share with this house is the creativity of these Elders in making this unique map of their area. Notice the assorted pin colors each depicting the houses in their area of "members, in-active members, leadership, investigators, and homes of those that won't allow them to visit.(we don't like that color so much)" Great job Elders... Love the progress!
This was a Friday night stake activity ... 13 Elders from the Mexico Pachuca Mission participated. Each area contributing with a small/mini training for members focusing on issues such as retention, rescuing or baptizing. This was a very spiritual activity where members could understand a little more about the love and commitment we should all have for the Work of Salvation as asked to do by the prophet. At the end we enjoyed a very fun game (jeopardy) with which included a sock ball testing knowledge of all the members.
OPERATION: Mission Pals
"2 for the Trail"__________________________________________
"Sharing some of our baptisms"
"We be dippin' " per Elder Poulsen, Elder Shillig, Elder Dove
"Wrapping up the Week"
Our second daughter Taysia Kai and her husband Chris brought the new grand-baby Emri Mae down to Pachuca for a two day visit. They flew in late Thursday night and flew out early Sunday morning. We went to the Pyramids all day Friday and Saturday just hung out together and attended one of our missions newest converts baptism. It was so much fun to get acquainted with the newest edition to our family... but always hard to say goodbye.
I don't know who was more tired Emri Mae or Elder Dove after a full day at the Pyramids- Elder Loza climbed to the top! An amazing view and interesting history of this land...